SHACKLETON NEWS ARCHIVE
STEPHEN SCOTT-FAWCETT ISSUES AN IMPRESSIVE NEW 2012 EDITION OF THE JCS JOURNAL
One near the start, diligently researched and unearthed by the editor, of Shackleton in Cromer, Norfolk around 1910 with one of the most significant local figures, MP Oliver Locker-Lampson, soon to become a notable figure in the war effort, is a very strong image. Shackleton is seen again aboard Nimrod with Chief Officer John King Davis (an imposing tall figure and most assured seaman, Davis was later also selected as second in command of Mawson's Australian expedition and skipper of the Aurora).
The colour illustrations which form the centrepiece could not provide a more imposing and moving tribute to Scott and the ill-fated Terra Nova expedition and the four 'lost' men, Bowers, Evans, Oates and Wilson, the centenary of whose deaths is proudly commemorated this year, 2012.
Book reviews and letters always provide an interesting and sometimes entertaining aspect of James Caird Society Journals. Letters include contributions from Shackleton's niece, Patricia Ducé, including a couple of delicious new Shackleton anecdotes; some details of the (as it turns out, German-built) railway engine which can be seen in several images of Ocean Harbour, South Georgia (a doughty, young-minded 103-year-old railway enthusiast has managed to identify it); approval from Queensland, Australia for the very detailed and insightful article on Sea Ice in Journal No, 5; and a letter from a child (boy) delivered by Dr. Macklin, then just 40, at the Craigie Nursing Home, Dundee in 1930.